National Simultaneous Storytime

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Today Oatlands got involved with the National Simultaneous Storytime campaign. The book was called ‘I Got This Hat’ by Jol and Kate Temple.  It is a clever and funny rhyming tale about the surprisingly large world of hats.  After we read the book we looked at a few different types of hats and thought about who would wear them and where they would wear them.  It was interesting to hear the different responses.  Here are some examples….

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  1. A baseball player at the game.
  2. A Golfer on the golf course.
  3. A Tennis player playing tennis.

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  1. A young girl at the beach.
  2. A lady on a tropical island.
  3. A farmer milking the cows.

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  1. A boy going to watch the Melbourne Stars.
  2. A cricket player playing cricket.
  3. A DJ rocking his DJ board.

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  1. A cowgirl riding a horse.
  2. A bull rider riding a bull.
  3. A lady at the beach.

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  1. A skateboard rider at the skate park.
  2. A sailor on a boat.
  3. A cool dude on the street.

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  1. A train conductor at the station
  2. A grandma at the shops.
  3. A mum relaxing in the pool.

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  1. A farmer harvesting the crops.
  2. A Frenchman on the dance floor.
  3. A grandpa on his rocking chair.

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  1. A boy playing in his backyard.
  2. A soldier in the war.
  3. A man going fishing.

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  1. A witch flying on her broomstick.
  2. A little girl going to a fancy dress party.
  3. Harry Potter in the movie.

After having lots of conversations about hats we thought it would be fun to create our very own.  First, we came up with a design and then we got busy creating.  We made lots of mess but we had so much fun and we made some amazing hats. Take a look…..

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Making Butter

This week we have been learning all about milk.  We have learnt where milk comes from and we have discussed all of the different foods that are made from milk. Two of the foods that came up were cream and butter. When I told the kids that we could make our very own butter from cream they didn’t believe me, so of course I had to show them! We poured some cream into a screw top container, added 2 marbles and screwed the lid on really tight! Then we stood in a circle and took turns to shake the container while listening to the songs ‘Shake it Off’ and ‘The Hippy, Hippy Shake’. At first we didn’t think it was going to work, but we persevered and after about 10 mins of vigorous shaking…………we had butter! If you don’t believe me, see for yourself…..

Here we are doing the ‘Hippy, Hippy Shake’ ……

Nearly there…..

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And now for the finished product. Ta da!

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We spread our butter on some crackers and put it to the test…

And the verdict……….Delicious!!!

Location, location, location……

This week in maths we have been working on the concept of location. A major focus of this unit is the vocabulary or language we use when we are locating specific objects. After discussing this concept, we brainstormed a list of location words. This is what we came up with:

left, right, above, under, middle, top, bottom, underneath, beside, on, higher, lower, up, down, halfway, in, out, beneath, backwards, forwards, below, around, opposite, near, horizontal, vertical, close and far.

Not bad hey!

After familiarising ourselves with this language, we decided to put our knowledge to the test. I gave each child an iPad and I kept one for myself. We all opened up the Drawing Pad app. On my iPad I drew a picture without revealing it to the children. I then told the children that they had to see if they could create a replica of my picture, simply by listening to and following my instructions. For example draw a tree on the left hand side of the page. Draw a sun in the top right hand corner of the page.

This is what my picture looked like……..

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And here are some examples of the children’s pictures……..

Great job guys!

Magic Milk Experiment

Today we conducted a very cool science experiment in the classroom. If you want to try it at home, here’s how:

You will need:

A dinner plate
1/2 – 1 cup of milk
1 drop of dishwashing liquid
Food colouring
Simply begin by pouring some milk onto a plate. You will need to ensure you have enough milk to cover the base of the plate. Add a few drops of different coloured food dye to the milk. Carefully add one drop of dishwashing liquid to the middle of the plate. Quickly, a chemical reaction will occur, which will see the colours begin to spread away from the dishwashing liquid and begin mixing and churning around the plate. It’s amazing!

What is the science behind it?

Milk is made up of mostly water but it does contain vitamins, minerals, proteins and small droplets of fat. The fat and proteins are super sensitive to changes in the milk and so when dishwashing liquid is added to the milk, a chemical reaction occurs. The soap and fat work hard to join together, which causes the movement. When food colouring is added we are able to see the chemical reaction occurring. Take a look ……….

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Cooking in the Kitchen

This week in the kitchen the children got to use a knife to cut up a potato, to put in the Vegetable Pasties that we made. They did such a great job with this and showed fantastic teamwork skills working in their groups. The Pasties were delicious and we got to try them when they were still warm. Yummo!

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